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South Derbyshire Villages have new cop on the beat

Posted on 20th March 2017
Paul Russell at Melbourne PC Paul Russell outside the police office at Melbourne

Villages in an area of South Derbyshire have a new Safer Neighbourhood officer on the beat. 

Residents of Melbourne, Aston, Weston, Findern, Willington, Ticknall, Repton and Stenson will now see PC Paul Russell patrolling the area as part of the Mercia and Melbourne Safer Neighbourhood Teams. 

Paul has replaced PC Oliver Priddle who is undertaking training to become one of our roads policing officers. 

PC Russell has been a police officer for 24 years. He started his career in 1992 as a patrol officer at Peartree police station. He then moved to an intelligence gathering and plain-clothed policing role  where he also became a national wildlife crime officer. Paul has spent the last two years back in a uniformed policing role in Derby and Swadlincote. 

Paul said of his latest move: “ I am really looking forward to my new Safer Neighbourhood policing role. I am aware that the area in which I will be working has a large rural area and so I expect that my experience as a wildlife crime officer will come in useful. 

“I also know that, although the area is a very pleasant and safe place to life and visit, that does not mean to say that it is crime free. I will be working hard to keep these crime levels low by working with the residents and other partners.” 

To speak to Paul about any policing issues in the area, contact him on 101 or send him a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website

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